Get tick’d off – how to prevent Lyme disease

Photos by Jackie Sheppard

Photos by Jackie Sheppard

There are many different products out there that help repel and kill ticks. The following are all products that we sell at Blum Animal Hospital and a little information on how each of them works. 

Topical Options

  • Frontline – This product has two main active ingredients that kill ticks: fipronil and (S)-methoprene.   After applying this topically to your pet’s skin, the medication is stored in the oil glands in your dog’s skin.  When a tick climbs on to your dog, it will be killed – a tick does not need to bite for this product to work!
  • Advantix II – This product not only kills ticks but also repels them. It repels and kills Deer ticks (which are carriers of Lyme disease), American dog ticks, Brown dog ticks and Lone Star ticks.

To make sure Frontline or Advantix II are effective, do not get your dog wet for 24 hours after application. Also, make sure your pup is completely dry before applying either medication ON THE SKIN between the shoulder blades.

Oral Options

  • Nexgard – From the makers of Frontline, Nexgard was one of the original oral tick prevention products.   It is a beef-flavored chew that is similar to Heartgard.   When given once monthly, it treats and controls Black-Legged ticks (which are carriers of Lyme disease), American Dog ticks, Lone Star ticks and Brown dog ticks.
  • Bravecto – This is a new product that provides tick coverage for 3 months. It is a pork and liver flavored chew. When given every 3 months, it kills Black-Legged ticks (which are carriers of Lyme disease), American dog ticks, Brown dog ticks and Lone Star ticks. Bravecto has been approved to give to dogs who are breeding, pregnant or lactating.

All of these products not only cover ticks but fleas as well. We recommend giving a flea/tick preventative from the first couple consecutive days of thaw in the spring until the first couple consecutive days of frost in the fall. If you have any further questions about Lyme disease or tick prevention, please call us at Blum at: (773) 327-4446.   We are located at Clark and Belmont in Chicago. 

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.